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Pale mauve-pink with magenta throat; May to August; autumn winter
sun; dry soils; sandy soils; small area trees; rockery; container; walls; slope bank; wildlife carpenter bees insects butterfly host; fast-growing easy-care
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Tiny, silky hairs cover the grey leaves giving them a silvery sheen, hence the common name. It forms a neat, rounded shrub of moderate growth rate that needs little attention once established; in summer rainfall gardens ensure soils are acidic and water well through autumn and winter. Pale mauve- pink flowers with a magenta throat, tuck into the leaves along the stems from May to August, followed by unusual inflated pods from October to January. Plant in full sun, in well-drained acid soils. Grey foliage provides a lovely contrast to the universal shades of green, and the Satin Bush would look stunning alongside Anisodontea scabrosa.